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Brexit Chaos Had an Impact on Tesla

Automaker chose Berlin over Britain for its new factory

(Newser) - One consequence of Brexit: Tesla has chosen Berlin as the site of its first European factory. The UK was under consideration, but "Brexit made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK," CEO Elon Musk told industry website Auto Express after making the announcement Tuesday night.... More »

Judge Rejects Musk's Request to Throw Out 'Pedo Guy' Case

Tesla CEO will face defamation trial in December

(Newser) - A judge has rejected Elon Musk's request to throw out a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave diver Musk called "pedo guy" after he called the Tesla CEO's offer to use a mini-sub to help rescue 12 trapped boys and their soccer coach in Thailand a... More »

Elon Musk's Pot Smoking Cost NASA $5M

Agency covers cost of drug education at SpaceX after he lit up on podcast

(Newser) - NASA ordered a review of the SpaceX workplace and culture last year to make sure its employees weren't using illegal drugs—a $5 million assignment the government paid for. Boeing, also a government contractor, had to have the same review and pay for the job itself. The company doesn'... More »

Musk Shows His Prototype for Trips to Moon, Mars

SpaceX plans to move fast toward putting passengers in space

(Newser) - Starship is 164 feet high, 30 feet in diameter, with a projected payload of 150 tons and room for 100 passengers bound for other planets. Combined with its booster, the Super Heavy, the SpaceX rocket will be 387 feet tall and able to carry 220,000 pounds. "This is,... More »

Elon Musk Has New Defense in 'Pedo Guy' Lawsuit

Tells court he didn't mean it literally

(Newser) - Elon Musk branded a British cave rescuer "pedo guy," and now he's employing a new defense to get the resulting lawsuit dismissed. Musk says he didn't mean the slam against Vernon Unsworth literally. "I did not intend to convey any facts or imply that Mr.... More »

Secretive Company Musk Has Sunk $100M Into Opens Up

Neuralink gives presentation on its brain-reading technology

(Newser) - "We want this burden of stealth mode off of us so that we can keep building and do things like normal people, such as publish papers." And with that, Neuralink shrugged off the secrecy that has surrounded it since its 2017 launch . On Tuesday it went public with... More »

Pablo Escobar's Brother in Odd Dispute With Elon Musk

Roberto Escobar says Tesla engineer stole flamethrower idea from him

(Newser) - Elon Musk's super-popular limited-edition flamethrower (er, that is, "Not a Flamethrower" ) was actually Pablo Escobar's brother's idea, says Pablo Escobar's brother. Roberto Escobar released his own "tactical toy flamethrower" last week (you can buy one for $249 here ), and a press release... More »

Musk Was Into Their Idea. Then His Millions Ran Out

Inside the short, ambitious life of Thud

(Newser) - Merriam-Webster defines "thud" as "a dull sound." That's what the creators of Thud unfortunately ended up getting, rather than the roar they were going for. In a lengthy piece for the Verge , Jacob Kastrenakes looks at what happened when two satirical whizzes were allowed to dream... More »

Guy Says Musk Saw His Sheep Meme, Gave Him a Job

It all started with an 'absolute unit' of a ram

(Newser) - A guy tweeted a photo of an "absolute unit" of a sheep and now claims he's Tesla's social media strategist. It's a fascinating story best digested once CEO Elon Musk's passion for Internet culture is understood. It turns out Musk spotted a reference to the... More »

Court Wants Musk to Explain Calling Rescuer a Pedophile

Judge orders trial in diver's defamation suit

(Newser) - A tweet calling a British rescuer a "pedo" has earned Elon Musk a day in court. A federal judge has ordered a trial in the lawsuit filed by a diver involved in saving 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand last July. Vern Unsworth helped recruit fellow British... More »

Sexual Tweet Is Elon Musk's Reply to Bezos' Lunar Lander

'Oh stop teasing, Jeff'

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos gave a "rambling" intro Thursday to the new moon lander created by his Blue Origin spacecraft company, and one person in particular was paying attention—and poking fun. CNBC reports competitor Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, took to Twitter Thursday night and tweeted out a photo of... More »

Tesla's New Mission: a Quiet Leafblower

'Tesla blows,' quips Elon Musk

(Newser) - Elon Musk kept things weird Tuesday evening with the announcement of a possible new Tesla product line. "Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leafblower," the CEO tweeted , adding: "Tesla blows haha." It's not clear what prompted the announcement, though CNET speculates that Musk... More »

Elon Musk Releases 'Harambe' Rap Track

'RIP Harambe/Smoking on some strong/In the gorilla zoo'

(Newser) - Elon Musk apparently had some fun over the weekend: The Tesla and SpaceX CEO released a rap song called "RIP Harambe" on SoundCloud Saturday, Billboard reports. The "Emo G Records" release, which can be heard here , pays tribute to the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016... More »

Drama Between Musk, Tesla Whistleblower: 'Horrible Human Being'

2nd whistleblower says Tesla tried to destroy previous whistleblower Martin Tripp

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the ongoing saga between Elon Musk and a former Tesla employee. Martin Tripp, a whistleblower who aired alleged evidence of dangerous practices in Tesla's Nevada battery factory, has been accused of leaking information about the company and stealing data ; a lawsuit was filed against... More »

Tesla Makes 'Bizarre' Reversal

It now says stores will stay open, prices will go up

(Newser) - After announcing earlier this month that it would close most of its stores and lower prices , Tesla has revealed an updated strategy of keeping its stores open and raising prices. Stores that closed around a week ago are already reopening, including outlets in Hawaii and California, Bloomberg reports. "Over... More »

Musk's US Security Clearance Could Go Up in Pot Smoke

It's being reviewed over marijuana use

(Newser) - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is on the verge of scoring a massive success with his Dragon crew capsule —but his pot-smoking could complicate his relationship with the government. Sources tell Bloomberg that the Pentagon is reviewing Musk's security clearance because he was filmed smoking a joint during an... More »

Musk Tunnel Dream Could Become Reality in Vegas

System could debut 2 years from now

(Newser) - Elon Musk's dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities. Las Vegas' tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an enterprise backed by the divisive billionaire receive a contract to build and operate an underground... More »

Musk After 'High-Stakes' Launch: 'Emotionally Exhausted'

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule sent into space atop Falcon 9 rocket to International Space Station

(Newser) - America's newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy named Ripley, after the lead character in the Alien movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its Crew Dragon capsule before... More »

Tesla Says All Sales Will Be Shifted Online

Musk says savings will allow for a $35K Model 3

(Newser) - Tesla says it is launching the long-promised $35,000 version of its Model 3—and shifting all of its sales online to help lower costs. "It is excruciatingly difficult to make this car for $35,000 and still be financially sustainable," CEO Elon Musk told reporters Thursday, adding... More »

Elon Musk in Hot Water Yet Again Over a Tweet

SEC wants Tesla CEO held in contempt

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk's tweeting habits have triggered another legal challenge from stock market regulators worried about him using his Twitter account to mislead investors, the AP reports. The latest dust-up emerged late Monday when the Securities and Exchange Commission asked a federal court in New York to hold... More »

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